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F1 stars and their cars heading for Goodwood Festival of Speed
Petrolheads are gearing up for the milestone return of the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week.
Enthusiasts of all things motorsport will flock to the grand Goodwood Estate, near Chichester, from Friday for the 20th anniversary of the famous festival.
Dubbed the largest motoring garden party in the world, around 150,000 people are expected to rub shoulders with famous cars and stars of past and present, including sporting heroes and machines from Formula 1, the World Rally Championship, NASCAR and more.
British pair and former Formula 1 world champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will take to the wheel behind two jaw-dropping Mercedes cars in the notorious Goodwood hillclimb.
Hamilton, world champion with McLaren in 2008 and who now drives for Mercedes, will race his Mercedes Benz W154 – plus his current F1 car – in an attempt to set the quickest hillclimb time of the festival.
His rival and ex-teammate Button will also tackle the hill in the driver’s seat of a McLaren M8D and the new P1 supercar.
Teams from the World Rally Championship will take to the track to showcase breathtaking displays of car control and speed through the Goodwood forest, while dazzling air displays from the Red Arrows, plus live music, will thrill the thousands of car-mad guests throughout the four days.
Elsewhere, there will be appearances from the likes of racing legend Sir Stirling Moss, Pink Floyd drummer and classic car fanatic Nick Mason, 15-time motorcycle world champion Giacomo Agostini and Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg.
Those with preference for power on two wheels can fill their racing boots at the Goodwood Action Sports arena – a purpose-built arena made of more than 7,000 tonnes of soil.
A mixture of thrills, spills and adrenalin-pumping demos and displays involving the stars of motocross and BMX will take place from Friday to Sunday.
Before the festival fun on Friday, tomorrow will see the start of the Moving Motor Show – an exhibition for potential newcar owners to see the latest models of newvehicles up close.
Guests can test-drive new cars on a dedicated vehicle evaluation route within the grounds of the Goodwood Estate, including the Goodwood Hillclimb.
The festival was founded in 1993 by Lord March with the aim of bringing motor racing back to the Goodwood estate.
Now in its 20th year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed doors are set to swing open once more on Friday for an action-packed itinerary of everything motor racing.
Don’t miss your copy of The Argus every day this week to catch up on news, reviews and pictures from the Festival of Speed.
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